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Are wedding bells in your future?If you’re on a budget, you may want to think twice before booking a wedding in one of the regions listed below, which are the most expensive places in the U.S. to get married, according to a new survey by TheKnot.com parent company XO Group.
According to the company, which surveyed nearly 18,000 couples married last year, the average wedding budget rose for the first time since 2008, to $27,021. But average wedding budgets were still smaller than the 2008 peak of $29,334.
If you’re really trying to be thrifty, you may want to consider a venue in West Virginia. It ranked as the place with the lowest average wedding budget–$14,203–excluding the cost of a honeymoon.
These are the most expensive places to get married, based on average wedding spending in 2011:
- NYC (Manhattan): $65,824
- Chicago, IL: $53,069
- NY Metro (Long Island, Hudson Valley and NYC Outer Boroughs): $50,087, $46,560, $40,356
- Northern/Central NJ and Southern NJ: $46,600, $38,103
- Rhode Island: $41,307
- Santa Barbara/Ventura, CA, and Los Angeles, CA: $37,823, $37,690
- Philadelphia, PA: $37,014
- Boston, MA: $35,560
- Southern Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas): $34,465
- Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland: $34,203
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